Samsung turned down the chance to buy Android in 2004

A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

As many of us know, Android originally started as a project by Andy Rubin as a company completely separate from Google. It wasn’t until 2005 that Google scooped up the mobile operating system, and a few more years until we actually saw it make an impact on the mobile market. However, it turns out that Google wasn’t Rubin’s first choice to find funding for Android. The Android team originally tried to get one of the biggest manufacturers to take up the project.

In 2004, Andy Rubin and the Android team flew to South Korea to talk with Samsung about securing funding for Android, but instead of any enthusiasm, Samsung reportedly laughed the team out of the board room, considering their small development team size. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but Samsung still laughed at the group of guys that would eventually go on to completely flip the smartphone industry on its head. Fast forward a few years, and Android is arguably one of Samsung’s most valuable assets.

After being turned down by Samsung, Rubin met with Larry Page, which ended up with Google buying Android completely, then going on to make a massively successful mobile operating system. We all know that story, but it’s interesting to think what could have been if Samsung had just a little more foresight about where the technology industry was heading.

source: Amazon

via: Phone Arena


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • EJLEE072006

    Who cares!! Smart move Samsung, just use google!

    • McWarro

      No !!
      Google uses samsung an many other oems to creat trafic and data = $

  • Nitrostat

    It’s a good thing that Samsung didn’t buy Android. If it did it would become the next apple. One OS for one system

  • http://robbyhsu.tumblr.com/ Robert Hsu

    I also think it was a good thing that Samsung did not buy Android then, Android would never have reached where it is now, if they did… for all we know, it might have gone the BADA way,

  • Kyonkanno

    I’m glad Samsung did not buy android. The development of the system would have never reached today’s state. In other words, Android wouldn’t be The AWESOME mobile OS it is now.

  • guest

    Large companies typically hate “small development team size” or individual developers and now Google is a large company!